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Chief economist update: China is back on track
BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 23 APR 2019
"Spring is the time of plans and projects." - Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina. So it is with China. Recent economic indicators have turned up in time for spring. China deserves to be congratulated. It's watered and fertilised the economy with enough ...
Chief economist update: China and the spring in its step
BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 18 APR 2019
"I glanced out the window at the signs of spring. The sky was almost blue, the trees were almost budding, the sun was almost bright." This quote from American screenwriter and novelist Millard Kaufman came to mind when I read about China's ...
Chief economist update: Equity market rally has legs
BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 16 APR 2019
Equity markets everywhere may not be climbing in a straight line, but they are climbing. This is happening against a backdrop of continued global economic and financial uncertainties. In its 'World Economic Outlook, April 2019' report - ...
Chief economist update: AUD misdirection
BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 15 APR 2019
Early New Year predictions the Australian dollar would depreciate by the end of 2019 have been given a boost by the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) 'World Economic Outlook, April' report where it shaved its world GDP growth forecast ...
Chief economist update: The bad oil
BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 12 APR 2019
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) recently released its World Economic Outlook April report where it slashed its global growth projections to 3.3% this year, down from 3.5% forecast in January and from 3.7% predicted in its October 2018 outlook ...
Chief economist update: Japan yearns for a weaker yen
BENJAMIN ONG  |  THURSDAY, 11 APR 2019
The last time we heard some sort of policy guidance from the Bank of Japan (BOJ) was in early February this year when governor Haruhiko Kuroda was quoted as saying that: "If (currency moves) are having an impact on the economy and prices, and if we ...
Chief economist update: EUr next
BENJAMIN ONG  |  WEDNESDAY, 10 APR 2019
Just when we're just a handshake away from a Sino-US trade deal, another war on trade this way comes. US President Donald Trump must be wringing his hands at how he succeeded in making China kowtow - er, compromise - to his demands. Trump's ...
Chief economist update: Two indicators giving the Fed a headache
BENJAMIN ONG  |  TUESDAY, 9 APR 2019
It appears nothing is normal with the Fed's march toward normalising monetary policy. Not only has it stopped in its tracks, the White House wants it to go in reverse. Cue US President Trump's latest "advice" to the Fed: "In terms of ...
Chief economist update: Aussie property price falls become self-fulfilling
BENJAMIN ONG  |  MONDAY, 8 APR 2019
"It's in a delicate situation. In terms of general direction, we're not surprised [prices have fallen] ... That said, [the] downturn has been a bit bigger." These were the Australian Financial Review's (AFR) quotable quotes from its ...
Chief economist update: ECB digs deeper
BENJAMIN ONG  |  FRIDAY, 5 APR 2019
Super Mario's back to doing whatever it takes. When European Central Bank (ECB) president Mario Draghi spoke at 'The ECB and Its Watchers XX' conference in Frankfurt on March 27, he concluded his speech emphasising that, "... the ECB ...
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